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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March 2017
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 21 of March, repeating indefinitely
21 March every year: Calling on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
In 1966 the United Nations declared the first Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to commemorate those who had been killed on 21 March 1960, whilst peacefully protesting against the Apartheid pass laws in South Africa.
You can read more about the Sharpeville Massacre (as it later came to be called) on the BBC ‘on this day’ website. The UN Photo Library also has a set of photos on Flickr.com about Apartheid in South Africa.
For further details about the UN observation of this Day, visit: www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/.